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Zegrahm Expeditions

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1990
Headquarters
  • Seattle, Washington, United States
Trips
  • 4

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Zegrahm Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

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Highest Recommendation Possible March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Zegrahm gets my highest recommendation.

I recently returned from a 13-day Seychelles exploration and snorkel/dive adventure beginning in Zanzibar, visiting something like 9 Seychelles Atolls and islands for tons of daily snorkeling and diving, and finishing in Mahe where we departed from.

This was absolutely the best cruise/group experience I have ever had on either land or sea. Zegrahm charters the boats and I was lucky enough to be on the Ponant ship, Le Bougainville, which is very posh, with a friendly and polite staff, an amazing french chef, good food, a nice spa, you name it. My bedroom was like a small luxury hotel and each room had a balcony so you could enjoy seaside and ocean views from your bed or balcony whenever you'd like. It was lovely. I especially appreciated coming back to such a haven after long days of sunshine, beach and snorkeling.

Not only was the cruise ship and it's staff fantastic, but the Zegrahm staff were all wonderful. I sat and had dinner with many of them every day and they somehow remembered all our names (99 or so of us). They snorkeled and dove with us, pointing out fish and naming species, they went birding, they provided lectures in the mornings and evenings in their areas of expertise, because Zegrahm hires Marine Biologists, Anthropologists, and countless other individuals (with PhDs) to provide insight and lessons into the history and ecology of the places being visited and seen.

At the conclusion of the trip - I didn't want it to end. I had made several like-minded friends for travel, was invited on future trips and exchanged information with almost everyone. We were a family by the end, both staff and customers. Hugs all around as we celebrated all we had seen together and promised to keep in touch. Zegrahm fosters that type of environment when you travel with them - and it was welcoming and especially enjoyable for a solo traveler like myself.

These trips aren't cheap - but are worthwhile for all you see and do - most things you'd never be able to see on your own and certainly not with trained ecologists and marine science experts. I believe you get what you pay for. I was one of the youngest on board but there was a small group of about ten 30-40 year olds with the vast majority being probably 50-80.

This isn't a sit on the boat all day-type thing. You are going to be waking up early, going out 2-3x a day and really seeing and doing things. You almost never have down time and you are always learning, seeing, talking and doing. It's expeditionary, not sedentary. It's fun and really enriching.

The best way to know someone is doing a good job at this price point (think around $8-12k per person) is repeat customers and I met countless people who have done 6-12 of these expeditions with Zegrahm and knew the staff already. That's the absolute best recommendation you can get. I'll be booking with them again without any hesitation.

Thank you to Brad, Murph, LJ, Merel, Steven, George, George K., Robin, Pepper, Lisa, Shirley, Gemma, Chris, Boli, Marcel, and anyone else who I forgot from this amazing trip. You all did a great job and made me feel like family!
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Recommends

Quality staff and good itineraries. July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Quality staff and good itineraries. Also have many voyages with no single supplement. They actually welcome solo travelers - much more welcoming than many other companies. Getting a little expensive for me, though.
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Wonderfully planned trips with guides July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderfully planned trips with guides, naturalists and even zodiac drivers who are well steeped in the knowledge of the animals and area they take you. You can always depend on having an incredible time with no hitches. Zegrahm is top drawer and my favorite company with which to travel.
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That was a wonderful, unexpected addition July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip I took to Antarctica was AMAZING. I ran out of words to describe the sites that I was seeing on the first day! The expedition leaders were not only knowledgeable but fun. That was a wonderful, unexpected addition.
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I couldn't recommend their company and their trips enough. May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Zegrahm takes care of their guests like no other expedition company I've every traveled with before. I have been on more than 5 trips with them and will continue to come back every year. The quality of their staff and accommodations are incomparable and you truly feel like you're being taken care of every step of the way. The expeditions are exciting and informative all in one. I couldn't recommend their company and their trips enough.
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Superb April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Superb planning and execution. By far the best trip and exedition company out there.

From Zegrahm Expeditions

For two awe-inspiring decades, Zegrahm Expeditions has taken inquisitive explorers to the ends of the Earth—on small-ship expeditions and land adventures outside the realm of traditional travel. Here is what makes Zegrahm unique:

We Think Small – on a Grand Scale. We limit the number of adventurers on each expedition to allow guests personal contact with their leaders and naturalist experts. For our small-ship cruises, we charter the best expedition ships, icebreakers, and yachts—ranging from 40- to 100-guest capacity. Onboard amenities include all-outside suites, fine dining, and spacious lounges/lecture rooms.

We Visit All Seven Continents. Our expeditions reach from Pole to Pole. Trips operate year-round; each one scheduled for the optimal time to visit during the year.

Our Leaders and Lecturers are World-Class. Zegrahm trips are led by the best and the brightest in their respective fields. Scientists, naturalists, and historians bring an educational component to the adventure through lectures, recaps, and guided excursions. Skilled expedition leaders and cruise directors expertly handle logistics and passenger service.

We Explore Remote, Exotic Locales. Our itineraries are all custom-designed and far removed from standard routes. We explore distant islands, atolls, rivers, and fjords to find unusual wildlife; visit remote villages to meet indigenous cultures; and snorkel and scuba dive in untouched undersea kingdoms.

Our Customer Service is Outstanding. (It truly is; just ask our thousands of discriminating clients!) A dedicated expedition advisor and operations team oversee each departure, and an experienced air department handles flight arrangements upon your request.

Zegrahm Trips are an Excellent Value. Each expedition is a singular event, individually produced from start to finish. Accommodations and transportation are always the best available in each region, and we offer a full range of daily activities. Your trip price includes deluxe accommodations, excursions, all meals, and gratuities.

Private Travel

Our Private Travel department offers individuals, families, and groups of friends the same horizon-broadening adventures and life-changing experiences as our scheduled expeditions—but on a more flexible, intimate, and personalized scale. We know you may want to explore the world independently—at your own pace, on your own schedule, and with very specific activities in mind. That is what our Private Travel team is here to help you do.

Associations:

Adventure Travel Trade Association, International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

Awards:

Best Adventure Travel Companies 2008 and 2009: National Geographic Adventure

Trips & Specials

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11 days
Small Group Tour
Value (3*)
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Highlights

  • Join us for a rare opportunity to visit Cuba, made possible through our partnership with sister company, International Expeditions*, who is authorized to conduct travel programs to Cuba under the people-to-people license category.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture as you visit with friendly locals, savor traditional cuisine, and enjoy numerous musical performances, including a visit to the Buena Vista Social Club.
  • Explore the Zapata Wetlands—this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to 171 species of birds, 18 of which are endemic, including bee hummingbirds, the world’s smallest living bird.
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of the city to discover stunning colonial architecture and sun-splashed plazas, where classic American cars complete the scene of a by-gone era.
  • Visit the World Heritage Sites of Trinidad, founded in the 16th century, and the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills, the historic center of Cuba's sugar industry.
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19 days
Small Group Tour
Basic (2*)
Physical :
From: $ 10,480

Highlights

  • Search for abundant wildlife on a Yala National Park expedition, which boasts Asia’s largest concentration of leopards, along with Asian elephants, spotted deer, and over 200 species of birds.
  • A hallmark of any Sri Lanka tour, discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya, an ancient palace and fortress built atop a huge granite monolith; the monumental ruins in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval capital; and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a significant site of pilgrimage for Buddhists.
  • Enjoy whale-watching cruises off the southern coast, one of the best places in the world to view blue whales.
  • Explore Sinharaja, a vast tropical rain forest that is home to over half of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of flora and fauna.
  • Stay in a variety of superb accommodations throughout your Sri Lanka adventure travels—from beach-side resorts and colonial-era mansions to world-class game lodges offering splendid vistas of the surrounding wilderness.
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16 days
Group Tour
Basic (2*)
Physical :
From: $ 13,980

Highlights

  • Six day tour of Madagascar where you stroll through the white sand beaches of Mauritius
  • In Zanzibar, wander through a labyrinth of serpentine alleyways in Stone Town (a world heritage site)
  • Witness 32 species of reptiles; and over 100 species of birds,
  • Enjoy superb snorkeling at Nosy Hara, a World Wildlife Fund coral marine ecoregion
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